COVID-19 Information & Updates

Updated as of 3/27/20, 10:30 AM


St. Louis County to Enact Stay at Home Orders to Prevent Spread of COVID-19


County Executive Dr. Sam Page announced on March 21, 2020, that St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis will be adopting new restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the region. The new restrictions will take effect on Monday, March 23, 2020, at 12:01 AM and will end on April 22, 2020, at 11:59 PM. This will ensure that residents can meet their basic needs and essential services will still be provided. The new restrictions will require people to stay at home when possible. It is just as important to recognize what is not impacted by this as what is. This announcement will not affect the ability of residents to go to the grocery store, the pharmacy, and take a walk in a public park.

The Stay at Home Orders were enacted to prevent the spread of this pandemic.


St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update 

March 26, 2020

As of 12:00 AM on 3/26/2020, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) has:

  • Two deaths. Today, DPH received notification of a death of a 80-89 female with chronic medical conditions.
  • 143 total positive cases, an increase of 24 new positive cases from yesterday’s 119.
  • The St. Louis County Department of Health fielded a total of 368 calls on 3/25/2020. This is a decrease from the 604 calls fielded on 3/24/2020.

We acknowledge that although the laboratory test is becoming more broadly available, there are limitations in our public health and healthcare systems’ capacity to obtain samples from people as rapidly as we would like. The healthcare community is working together to assure equitable access to COVID-19 testing resources in the St. Louis region.

Criteria for testing include:

Symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (fever, cough, lower respiratory symptoms)

AND

-Hospitalized/critically ill patients

-People living in congregate settings

-Those at high risk for poorer outcomes including those >60 and people with chronic medical conditions

-Close contact to those with known COVID-19 infection

-Healthcare workers

Testing is focused on those who are the most ill or most at risk in our community because they will benefit most from the testing.

If you are ill, whether you test positive or negative, your healthcare provider’s advice for managing your symptoms will be the same. Currently, anyone with a fever and cough should assume their illness could be COVID-19 and take steps to protect others in the community and household from the disease. If you are sick, you need to stay home and stay away from other people in your home. If you need to go into public to visit a healthcare provider, wear a mask and practice meticulous hand washing.

Testing locations and current screening process information can be found at www.stlcorona.com and:

North County – (314)653-5000, Mid County – (314)747-3000, West County – (314)251-0500, South County – (314)966-9666

Additionally, all SSM Health area hospitals can be reached for testing information at www.ssmhealth.com/covid19.

Close contact is defined as: (A) being within approximately 6 feet of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time; close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a healthcare waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case – or – (B) having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed or sneezed on)

Daily Information

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline can be reached at (877)435-8411.

St. Louis County has created a website dedicated to the dissemination of information relating to COVID-19, www.stlcorona.com. Please visit that website or those belonging to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO) for the most current and reputable information available.

Resources


St. Louis County emergency operations has established a hotline number at (314) 615-2660. Please call if you believe you are symptomatic or have any questions regarding the virus. 

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has also activated a statewide public hotline number at (877) 435-8411. The hotline is operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


What is the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases

The virus that causes COVID-19 is infecting people and spreading easily from person-to-person. Cases have been detected in most countries worldwide and community spread is being detected in a growing number of countries. On March 11, the COVID-19 outbreak was characterized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Different parts of the country are seeing different levels of COVID-19 activity. The United States nationally is currently in the initiation phases, but states where community spread is occurring are in the acceleration phase. The duration and severity of each phase can vary depending on the characteristics of the virus and the public health response.

How it Spreads

  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person - between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • People are thought to be the most contagious when they are most symptomatic. Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
  • It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then touching their face. This is NOT thought to be the main way the virus spreads. 

Symptoms

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

Should I Be Worried? 

  • If you have not travelled from one of the areas currently flagged by the CDC or have not been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and is feeling unwell, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus causing COVID-19 is thought to be low. It is important that St. Louis County residents pay attention to the Department of Public Health and CDC updates for latest information.
  • Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Some patients who get COVID-19 become seriously ill and develop difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. Few of the reported cases have resulted in a death. People with fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and a reason to believe they’ve been exposed should seek medical attention.

What You Can Do

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent the illness is to avoid exposure. 

  • Clean your hands often. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or having touched surfaces in a public place.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, mouth, etc. 
  • Maintain social distancing (about 3 feet) between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, phones, watches, keyboards, etc. 

What to Do if You Feel Sick

St. Louis County emergency operations has established a hotline number at (314) 615-2660. Please call if you believe you are symptomatic or have any questions regarding the virus. 

If you have respiratory or flu-like symptoms, the following steps should be taken:

  • Call your primary care physician’s office or local clinic immediately. Your doctor will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested
  • Stay home except to get medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas if you are feeling sick. Avoid using public transportation

If you have severe symptoms, such as persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face, the following steps should be taken:

  • Contact your healthcare provider or emergency room and seek care immediately

What resources are available from St. Louis County? 

  • Guidance for the general public, churches, schools, businesses, and community organizations on how to prevent the spread of germs and diseases.
  • Regular updates on COVID-19 from the state and federal government.
  • Health education and promotional materials to help promote hand washing, Cover Your Cough, and other community messages.
  • Assistance with emergency planning and preparation.
  • Literature and information for vulnerable populations.
  • St. Louis County clinics can provide medical care to all County residents, regardless of ability to pay. Call 314-615-0500 if you do not have a doctor.

List of Resources 

Saint Louis County Coronavirus

CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) FAQs

World Health Organizaiton Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak

St. Louis County Hotline - (314) 615-2660

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Hotline - (877) 435-8411

County Police Badge

COVID-19 

Testing Centers


North County
Christian Hospital Northeast
314-653-5000

Mid County
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
314-747-3000

West County
Mercy Hospital
314-251-0500

South County
St. Luke’s Des Peres Hospital
314-966-9666